Saturday, May 21, 2011
Todd arrived, via a taxi and informed me that he had to attend a conference in Sandton for two days, and wanted to see the sights, and what was the cheapest option?
"Car hire or the Gautrain," I said. The bus will collect you here on the corner and then take you to the station. The price is R40 each way and the conference centre is across the street."
Todd emerged from the room two hours later and confirmed that he had arranged a taxi, for the following morning, at R500 'but could I arrange the car hire, for that evening?'
This I do and 'phone Todd to collect the car which is available from 5pm.
Todd returns in a taxi.
"What now?", I ask.
"I have arranged with the driver to collect me again tomorrow at 6am," replies Todd.
At 9am the driver has not arrived. Todd's first meeting was at 8am.
I 'phone for another taxi. Then have to cancel and the driver arrives. Todd asks me to re-book the car.
Not a chance, as I'll look like the loony. He is now on his own.
Todd returns midday, rather irate, as this driver now charged him R600. Serves him right.
"So will you be hiring a car now at around R200 per day or use the train?" I ask.
"No, I have arranged with the driver again. He promises he will be on time. I have his mobile number."
The following morning:
"Please may I use your 'phone?" asks Todd. "I have no airtime."
"The driver told me that he had made a mistake. The price was actually R700. But he promised that he would take me back to the airport tomorrow morning for R200."
"Todd," I say, "the price is R100."
"No, it's fine, he has done me a huge favour taking me all over," replies Todd.